Those who live in the country like to find themselves in large cities
with their shops, cinemas, crowds of people. City-dwellers usually like
a quiet holiday by the sea or in the mountains with nothing to do but
walking and bathing, lazying in the sun. Most travelers and holiday
makers take a camera with them and take pictures of everything that
interests them — beautiful views of waterfalls, forests, unusual plants
and animals. These photos will remind them of the happy time of holiday.
Modern life is impossible without travelling. Of course the fastest way
of travelling is by plane. But many people make their choice on
travelling by train as with a train you have speed, comfort and pleasure
combined. Travelling by train is of course slower than by air but it
also has its advantages.
If you are going to travel by train you’d better book seats beforehand
because many people are fond of travelling by train. There are some
reasons why people choose railroad. Train is the cheap means of
travelling. If it is summer outside it will be better to think of your
trip before the vocation starts. To understand how true this is, you
only have to go to a railway station. There you will see hundreds of
people hurrying to catch a train. You’ll waste a lot of time standing
near the booking-office trying to buy a ticket.
Modern trains have very comfortable seats in all passenger cars, and
there are sleeping-cars and dining-cars which make even the longest
journey enjoyable. You can buy first-class, second-class and third-class
sleepers in a separate compartment. If you are early before the train
starts you can leave your suit-cases in the compartment and walk up and
down the platform. Some people forget when and from which platform and
track their train will be off. They can always ask for the track,
platform and train numbers at the railroad station information bureau
and also get information about next trains and their schedules. There
are express, slow and long-distance trains. If you want to go somewhere
and get there as quickly as possible you’d better know that express
trains only stop at the largest stations while slow trains stop at all
stations. You can get to far countries only by a long-distance train.
Once you are in your compartment you have to ask the guide to bring in
the bedding. There are usually two lower and two upper berths in a
third-class sleeper compartment. Some people like to occupy upper berths
because it is more convenient and exciting to travel. During your way on
the train you can read newspapers, books, look out of the window, drink
the tea, communicate with your neighbors or sleep. I prefer to look out
of the window, because you can see the country you are passing through,
and not only the clouds as when you are flying. You can have something
to eat at the stations when the train makes stops.
These are many ways of traveling — by train, by plain, by ship, on
foot. Everyone chooses his favourite one. My favourite way is traveling
by plain. And not because it is very comfortable. It is exciting. I
also like traveling by train. I’ve traveled this way a lot. When you are
in the train you can see the beauty of nature.
I envy the tourists because I think that they study geography
traveling and visiting different parts of the world. They can tell you
many things which you didn’t know before.
They are interesting people from whom you can learn much new for
yourself. Any kind of travel helps you to understand many things that
you can never see or learn at home. Though you may read about them in
books and newspapers.
As for me I’d like to have a coach tour to some foreign country. Coach
tours are planned and I’ll have a chance to do a lot of sightseeings and
have a good rest at the same time.